Peak(s):  Mt. Shavano  -  14,229 feet
Tabeguache Peak  -  14,155 feet
Post Date:  06/29/2011
Modified:  06/30/2011
Date Climbed:   06/26/2011
Posted By:  mt_turtle

 Shav&Tab-Gone to the DOGS!     

With all of the debate over dogs on this site, I thought it would be good for you to see a report through our eyes. My name is Copper, and next to me is my climbing partner, Dixie. We were enjoying the evening before our big day on Shav and Tab at this great campsite about a 1000ft gain from the trailhead.


The hike in to camp was good; our humans carried all of our gear 8) . We had plenty of water on the way up. We don’t even require filtration.


The next day we were on the trail. I love snow! Every chance I get I’ll take a break on it.


With a smile like this, how could you think of leaving me at home?


Below, you can see we almost reached the top of Shavano. We were just waiting for one of our humans. As much as you guys like the mountains, you sure are slow to get to the top.


On top there was more snow! Did I tell how much we like snow? Dixie was dancing to Who Let The Dogs Out.


It was now time to head down the other side of Shavano.


I told our humans we should go over to that other mountain called Taba-woof or something like that. I heard them call it 12 different names. It was funny hearing them pronounce it to the other humans.


The saddle between Shav and Tab was windy, but we were very pleased to see all of the wonderful snow. We stayed just to the left of it most of the way up.


The snow on top of Taba-woof made the top portion nice on the paws.


Below is my love Dixie; she could not believe she had climbed Shavano. It looked so big from the peak of Taba-woof.


I was checking out the ridge to the west. It looked fun; I’ve heard humans come up this way as well.


Dixie said, “Hey, Bill, what’s up with the sticker on the summit tube, dude?”


Ah! Lunch. Now we’re talking.


Here is my obligatory summit shot. Check out these guns, baby!


To the north is the rest of the Sawatch Range. I’ve climbed a few of them. Who says dogs don’t enjoy the views.


I love the views!


So does Dixie.


Below is my beautiful Dixie back on the summit of Shavano. This was #1 and #2 for her. I was very proud.


Now, we have to pass through the wind tunnel to get back to camp. The wind gusts were upwards of sixty miles per hour on the saddle.


My human was trying to fly. I thought I would join her, but we never got off the ground. It was fun trying.


I leave you with an awesome shot of Shavano and this thought. I know as dogs we annoy many humans on this site, but the mountains are big enough for both of us. Our humans can be idiots, but please don’t take it out on us. We love the mountains too.

See you on the trail!


Our tracks file with camp location.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Cute!!     06/29/2011 12:14
Very cute trip report. I love it! I wish my dogs were the hiking type.

Doctor No

Cute pups...     06/29/2011 13:10
Way to go and get both peaks!


Freaking Awesome     06/29/2011 14:50
As a fellow dog lover whos dog has climbed twelve 14ers so far I loved this report. Very well thought out and hopefully our dogs will meet on another 14er sometime.


Love it,,,     06/29/2011 17:02
Great trip report! Usually I get bored with trip reports......not this one, very entertainig


Great Report!     06/29/2011 17:30
We're headed there with our pups on Friday. This report answered some questions for us - much appreciated!

Canadian in Colorado

Too Cute!     06/29/2011 17:38
Wish I could bring mine along with me to some summits...he's too distracted by marmots


Nice pups     06/29/2011 17:54
Now if I could just teach mine to speak like yours.


Keep your dogs on leash all the time.     06/29/2011 19:27
Thank you!


The winds.....     06/30/2011 04:43
There is something about Shavano and the wind...they just cling to each other. I remember fighting the winds a couple years ago so much that I just gave up on Tabeguache. Great hike to take the dogs on though. Looks like they enjoyed it!


Dogs allowed off leash in National Forests     06/30/2011 14:05
We called to make sure that the dogs were allowed off leash on Shav and Tab, and they are. Various wilderness areas, leashes are required; national forest, they are not required.


Great report!     06/30/2011 19:33
Very entertaining! I'm surprised that you can get your beagles to hike so far (they are a very independent-minded breed ). Love the ”guns” shot. Thanks so much for posting. Happy trails!


Dixie     07/05/2011 20:43
I used to have a Beagle, named Dixie as well. Great little dog


Funny!     07/21/2011 00:48
This made me smile thanks for sharing

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